Never fails. After every trip I get wind of some brand new smartphone app that would have made my life easier (or my suitcase lighter). Whether it's destination planning, sharing photos on-the-go, or allowing for a more fluid work flow, here are three amazing new apps you can use to improve life on the go.
Starting with the most annoying of tasks -- packing. Generating a bespoke bundle of of the things one should pack, PackPoint is not another checklist builder. All I need to do is enter the destination, dates, as well as the purpose of the trip...and voila! From there I can edit my agenda to include "morning run," "casual dinner out" and "business meeting" and this handy app tells me what to make room for. packpnt.com
On the go and want access to your media and files stored at home? younity, the personal cloud streaming service is proving to be infinitely useful. Why? Imagine all your devices working as if they were a single device -- allowing access to any file, anytime. younity has made this a reality. Install it on your computers and your music collection, photo albums and video libraries are all there on your iPhone or iPad, regardless of storage. I can show friends in Toronto all of my epic New Zealand panoramas and videos (big files too large for the phone) even when I don't have my laptop with me.
Need one of those images for #FlashbackFriday? No problem. I can easily find the file and post it to Instagram. For those travelling with GoPro cameras, younity is a fantastic way to privately share (peer-to-peer) your videos with family and friends around the world. It's like a digital Swiss Army knife, I can stream my favorite iTunes playlist on the Metro, watch a movie from home at the hotel, print a document at any nearby printer, or email any file at any time. So simple to use and free for any amount of data. getyounity.com
Available for iPhone and Android, Trover was created by the same minds behind Expedia. This "exploration app" helps users discover what's happening around them by using enhanced geo-location technology to curate the best of nearby locations. This app is going to come in handy for taking on Rome during the winter holidays. Taking into account that my partner lived there years ago, navigating one of the world's most beautifully chaotic cities will be a breeze. trover.com
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Starting from three days before you depart, this app helps you follow a step-by-step plan to beat that dreaded jet lag. Based on your flight info and personal sleep patterns, JetLag Genie tells you when to take a nap and when to wake up, before and during your flight, as well as after arriving at your destination. Available on iPhone and iPod Touch (£1.99)
If you always get the feeling that you’ve forgotten to pack something essential, download this useful app, which creates a customised packing list based on your destination and type of trip with options such as travel light. Medical and health requirements are also taken into account, giving travellers even more peace of mind. Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (£1.99)
Keep friends and family updated on your adventures through this fun app. Awarded the #1 travel application by Google, Trip Journal helps you document your time away through photos, video and the app’s blog, with Google Earth integration for trip tracking, as well as integration with all of your social media favourites. Available on iPhone (£1.99) and Android (£2.99)
While making the most of the glorious sunshine in warmer climes, it’s easy to get caught out by the sun's powerful UV rays. The Sunscreen app aims to prevent sunburn and UV damage with sunbathing guidelines, a sunbathing timer and an interactive UV map forecast. Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (free)
This useful app can save the day when trying to decipher items on a menu or foreign sign. Word Lens tranlates foreign text via your phone’s camera. You can download the app and try out the demo setting for free but the language pack, in English or French, comes at a cost. Available on iPhone and iPad (£6.99)
Taking the traditional postcard a step further, Touchnote sends out printed postcards with your own travel photo and message, to friends and family. The app can be downloaded for free but each postcard costs around £1.49, with free delivery worldwide. Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (free to download)
This app is not downloadable but can be accessed through the Discover Africa website or Twitter for a live map of the 2014 great wildebeest migration. In addition to the real time google map, updates are sourced from the pilots who fly over the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, safari guides, rangers and lodges, allowing travellers to plan their safari around the wildebeest migratory movements. Available online at www.discoverafrica.com/herdtracker
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